Fleas and Ticks: A Look at What Makes Them Dangerous

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and Ticks are among the most dreaded pests because of their tiny size, ability to multiply exponentially, disease carrying capabilities, and the way they are generally associated with filthy living. We enlist a few facts that go a long way to show how dangerous fleas and ticks can be.

What Makes Fleas Dangerous?

      1. A female flea has the capacity to lay up to 2,000 eggs during the course of her life. This shows that fleas multiply very rapidly and should be contained at the earliest. This is to keep a minor problem from turning into a major flea        infestation.
      2. A flea’s life cycle involves 4 stages: egg > larva > pupa > adult. It is important to eliminate a fleas, whatever the stage, to stop them from evolving it into adults, mating, and multiplying.
      3. Fleas grab onto just about any living form with a blood stream, and feeds on the blood. In the home, it usually feeds on the blood of humans, pet birds, dogs, cats, etc.
      4. Fleas have a hearty appetite; a flea can consume food several times its own body weight. Some fleas can eat up to 15 times their own weight in a day.
      5. Fleas can survive for more than three months without a blood meal. That means, you’re going to have to kill them, they won’t just go away.

What Makes Ticks Dangerous?     

     1. Ticks have about 850 different species and the most dangerous ones are capable of transmitting fatal diseases to your pets, such as ehrlichia, spotted fever and the lyme disease.
     2. Like fleas, ticks also live through four stages: egg, larva, nymph and adult, and like fleas, you should eliminate them, regardless of which stage you find them.
     3. Ticks are like small dark specks. Once they hold-on to your pet, they can be quite difficult to spot, especially in the case of pets with dark fur.
     4. Like, fleas, ticks also feast on the blood of their hosts, which may be a dog, a cat, a human or another mammal.
     5. Ticks can transmit more than one disease through a bite. Which is all the more reason for you to get rid of them.